This album wrote itself ... It was only helped a little bit... and some of the arrangements happened when I was out of the room - THANKS Andrew, Callum and Dave... You rock my world, and are the best Lambinators I could possibly have.
As for Mr Matrix Studios... Phill Adams - you're an awesome dude! I can see many future bourbon and cokes going down... you'll need them before the next project...
And, Lockie, buddy, thanks for helping me fly!
"If you catch me, don't burn yourself", enunciates Julie Lamb in Tell Me Who I Am, the opening track on her second album Trippin' the Light. It's some fitting phrasing indeed when we view the record in its entirety. Lamb is proud to have combined rock, blues, jazz and various other sounds into a fiery but positive sequence.
She's proud for good reason - Time Flies carries the listener in with some great aural momentum. Lamb's vocals, along with the instrumental and choral talents of her passionate backing musicians, make for a piece that seems to tend toward progressive metal.
The following track Undone is a much more sombre song, but just as notable. An assortment of absolutely fantastic string and wind instruments create a brilliant crescendo around the middle of the song - one of the most memorable passages in the album for this reviewer.
Kill Me With Your Promise comes as another great driving number halfway through the album. This is one of the best examples of guitar work on Trippin' the Light, beautifully produced to sound raw and gritty whilst also being easy on the ear. Cold Rainy Nights is even more easy-going, being a lovely country-tinged track.
Lamb has become well-acquainted with the fact that playing gigs as a musician is only a fleeting temporary buzz. Trippin' the Light certainly displays her range of musical talents in a way that people can get a hold of and keep for posterity, in their minds as well as in their sound systems. It's a winner. AMPLIFIER.CO.NZ
09 SEP 2012 // A REVIEW BY JOHNS
Blues, rock and accounting aren’t something that would normally be put together but Wellingtonian signer Julie Lamb somehow pulls this off. Her second album entitled 'Trippin’ In The Light' displays a range of talent, which is rarely found on the shelfs nowadays. The album combines various sounds of rock, blues, jazz and more to deliver one of the easiest and enjoyable album I’ve heard in a while.
Kicking off the album with 'Tell Me Who I Am' gives of a blues based rock feel with lyrics that give off a passionate but confident progression throughout the whole album. Following up with 'Time Flies' demonstrates Lamb’s vocal talent combined with a great backing track from her backing musicians that will get you nodding along in no time. Lamb then changes the flow with 'Undone', more of a sobering track with the addition of a assortment of wind and strings that add another level of goodness into the album.
The rest of the album changes from 'Tripping The Light Fantastic' with its easy listing feel, 'Kill Me With Your Promise' delivering a more gritty rock to a more country laced theme with 'Cold Rainy Night' and 'Love’d Bayou'.
If you can, catch Julie Lamb live. I haven’t yet had the chance but you can be sure I’ll be there soon. If you get your hands on 'Trippin’ the Light' you’ll understand what my ears took pleasure in and continue to listen to on the daily commute to work. JohnS for MUZIC.NET.NZ
"I've been listening over and over to Julie's songs - they're like that. She has a smart and insightful way with words - I always like that. I love Mess and Magpie, it makes me feel hopeful and loving. And then there's the heavy rock of Time Flies - get down and dirty! The tightness and tautness of Kill Me With Your Promise. Most of all, I think, I love the delightful joy of Loved Bayou - bayou, by you, by you, bayou! Get this album. That is all." - Sarah Dee, Musician, Facebook (Aug 14, 2012)
"This is def an album worth adding to your collection a superb collection that wraps up a few genres. And done in sassy style. I love the sprinkle of humour in Julies song writing as well. she is like a good wine - a bit of age and all that! " - Tina Nixon, Facebook (Aug 07, 2012)
"Awesome is the word for it! Awesome band, awesome singers, awesome songs and awesome leader of the pack. Congratulations singin buddy! :^] OXO" - Marian Price-Carter, Musician, Facebook(July 29, 2012)
released 29 July 2012
All tracks written by Julie Lamb except:
Trippin' The Light Fantastic and Tell Me Who I am, music Mike Jamieson, lyrics Julie Lamb.
Kill Me With Your Promise, music Julie Lamb, lyrics Alan Stuart
Love'd Bayou written by Mike Nyland.
Cold Rainy Night written by Julian Ward (Arr: Julie Lamb/Mary Livingstone)
Engineering and production: Matrix Digital (Phill Adams and Troy Leamy)
Executive Producer Julie Lamb
My other loves: The main boys in the band: Andrew Richardson (Drums) Dave Hadley (Guitar) and Callum Hazlitt-Black (Bass)
Lots of guests on the album... YAY!